We have amazing news! Burdekin’s own Narelle Young has won the inaugural CREATE Case Worker Award! Narelle was nominated by one of the young people she supports. The CREATE award selects just one winner per state. We are very proud that Narelle has won in NSW!
Of course, we have known all along how amazing Narelle is – BUT this is wonderful personal recognition for her. We want to congratulate Narelle on this fantastic achievement and thank the young person who has spent the time to nominate her. Also, thanks to the CREATE Foundation for facilitating the conference and award.
The CREATE Foundation Voices in Action Conference was held from 26th – 29th April and featured the inaugural CREATE Case Worker Awards highlighting the appreciation of service and dedication by outstanding professionals in the child protection sector.
The announcements were made during the Closing Session on Day 2, 27 April 2022 with the Overall Australian Winner presented by the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley.
Here is Narelle’s acceptance speech:
A bit about the CREATE Case Worker Awards:
Behind the scenes, the awards are entirely led and coordinated by a group of passionate young people who know what a difference a great Case Worker can make. CREATE's Case Worker Awards acknowledge excellence in casework for children and young people with care experience. Out Case Worker Advisory Group gathered nominations from across every state and territory in Australia.
Congratulations on being an amazing role model and advocate for children and young people in out-of-home care. These awards are very special. It is the first time that we have held them, so you are part of witnessing history in the making.
Many young people tell us how important their case workers are to them - a case worker who listens understands, does what they said they'd do and is there for you when you need them can make a difference between a good experience within the care stystem and a bad one. We know that there are many great case workers - dedicated, hard-working, and really invested in helping children and young people, and we wanted to acknowledge their contribution.